Natural Health One Step at a Time

by | Aug 7, 2008 | Archives

Natural health can be built one step at a time.

There are many things we know we should do for better health…but often we lack the time or money.

I am always looking for easy inexpensive ways to easily improve health.
This pays off! There are many simple things we can do to be healthier.

In fact yesterday as I was running up the stairs to write my daily message and a thought struck me about one of the easiest, most simple health routines Merri and I have practiced for decades.

This weight shedding, heart building exercise is so simple that we had never even thought about it.

This may not be a step you can take exactly as we do. However with the idea in mind, perhaps you will find an adaptation that will put your health one step ahead.

The simple tip is to climb stairs.

Why I had the thought…who knows. Suddenly it just occurred to me that for at least thirty ears I have always lived in a two story, or more house, with my office and bedroom upstairs…my living and dining room down.

Here are the stairs leading to my office in North Carolina.

This weird configuration assured that I climb at least two flights of stairs many, many times a day. Every time I take a break, go visit, go to eat or get a drink of water, I go down the stairs..then I climb back up to work and I climb back up to go to bed at night.

“Has this been good for my health?” I asked.

I checked the idea out. says in their tip of the week:

“To add strength to leg muscles and get a cardiovascular workout at the same time, try climbing plain old stairs. This can be done at home, in your office, apartment building, or on stair-climbing machines in the gym. Climbing two steps at a time is good for building the quadriceps (thigh muscles) and the gluteus (butt). Going down steps builds strength in the quadriceps and to a lesser extent, the hamstrings.”

My lifestyle assures that I do this every single day. says:

“Health warnings printed on flights of stairs, encouraging people to walk rather than take the elevator, could prove a potent weapon in the battle against obesity, researchers say. Over the course of a six-week study researchers monitored the behaviour of 82,000 pedestrians.

“Messages like ‘Take the stairs’ and ‘Seven minutes of stair climbing daily protects your heart’ were printed on stair risers in a UK shopping centre. This led to a 190% increase in the number of people passing up the stairs each day.

“According to the World Health Organization, one billion adults are overweight, and 300 million of those are obese. About 22% of British adults and about 30% of American adults are obese, according to the US Centers for disease Control and Prevention.”

The researchers in this article say that a 175 pound man walking up a flight of stairs eight times a day for a year would burn off the equivalent of four days’ intake of food.

Heck, I go up and down the stairs at least twenty five times a day. This is like taking a twelve day fast every year!

A twelve day fast each year would probably be a good idea for all of us. Weight would be trimmed. For most that is good for our health.

Yet how many of us can do this? A twelve day fast is hard!

Yet climbing stairs is a snap.

You may not be able to organize your house, office or lifestyle so you are forced to go up and as I do. With the idea, however, you may be surprised how many times there is a chance to take the stairs.

Do it. your health will be one step ahead.


These stairs are at our colonial Inn El Meson de las Flores in Cotacachi Ecuador. They lead to this second floor.


Then I have to climb a third set to reach my third floor office.


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